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Total Heliski Tours 2012
sAs back country adventures gains mass market appeal, ski makers are stepping up on their ranges of equipment for the back country… Extending beyond touring skis to offer integrated solutions for the back country. We particularly like where K2 are going with their new Rescue Shovel.
Total Heliski CEO, Hayley had the pleasure (or was it pain?) of attending the world’s largest trade show in January in Las Vegas – The Consumer Electronics Show. If last year was the year of the wearable sensor, this year was certainly the year of the Drone. And not just any old fly up and around Drone. No, these days, you can be your own Warren Miller movie star and order your own drone to follow you by radio bracelet and film your every stellar powder turn, from different angles. The Hexo was the best drone we found there.
The heliski world has just gotten bigger, and what a jewel the latest addition is. When most think about Greece, they think beaches and lots of sun, but what most do not realize is that Greece is a very mountainous country, it gets a lot of snow in the winter, and now, we’re bringing you the chance to Heliski it!
Bode, Torah, Chemmy, Jones, Mayer, Mancuso, Jansrud, Maze, and then there’s Shaun! It’s been an Olympics of epic proportions. With challenging snow conditions, new events, social media driven Olympics, podium upsets and cultural surprises from Russia, this has been an exciting and eventful Olympics indeed.
Total Heliski are excited to announce our Alaska Technology Heliski Tour for 2014. This year, we are going to continue the tradition we started in 2012 of connecting powder loving technology entrepreneurs and enthusiasts whilst doing their favourite sport. Uplift and away to Valdez, Alaska, the home of extreme heli skiing for a week of epic Valdez Heli Skiing from April 13-19. At an incredible price of just USD $4,985 all in (ex airfares)- this is one of the best value trips on the market- turn per epic turn- bar none.
Heliski season is in full swing. We have news from most of our operators that most of their 2014 seats are filled, and first clients face shots and dreams have been fulfilled. However, if you haven’t booked your trip yet (particularly for Alaska or Sweden), don’t despair, we can get you set up quickly. We have some new products and new from some of our operators as follows:
Record-breaking Everest mountaineer, and Total Heliski with Legends’ Programme Legend Kenton Cool has posted a new first by summiting the Ultimate Three Peaks. Kenton and his climbing companion and friend Sherpa Dorje Gylgen successfully climbed Lhotse, Nuptse and Everest the final mountain in the Everest horseshoe surrounding the Western Cwm.
Not only did Kenton break his record of completing his 11th Everest Summit, but the two men have created the record of being the first to achieve the feat of summiting Everest, Nuptse and Lhotse in one trip.
Skiing or boarding a slope with confidence requires good vision of the slope. As we might remember from school science lessons, the visible light spectrum, makes up the familiar colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Light colour is dependent on wavelength, and in overcast or snowy conditions, an overload of blue light bounces around to create what skiers call “flat light.”
We know that real life gets in the way, but last season a very small number of our clients, left their run too late to find a suitable Heliski trip. Many of our top-of-their-game operators are up to 3/4 full by the time next years bookings roll around from repeat bookings. This is great for the operator, (and you want to be heli skiing at these popular operators). But it’s harder for busy clients to book a trip of a lifetime.
As winter winds down in the Northern Hemisphere, that can only mean one thing down under- the Chilean and New Zealand heli-skiing season is near. Leaves are changing color, the tundra is preparing for winter, and temperatures in the High Andes are dipping into the 30’s (that’s almost zero celcius) at night.
With Valentines Day just around the corner, did you know that you can a buy a Total Heliski gift voucher for heli skiing for your loved one? What better gift than the trip of a lifetime to put the smile on their face and foster the romance? Contact us now.
The temperature’s dropped, winter is coming and it’s time to start planning your heliskiing adventure for this season. And where better to head for inspiration than a ski and snowboard show in your country, packed to the rafters with the latest clothing and equipment, best deals and enthusiastic aficionados ready and willing to share their knowledge.
Want to bring in the New Year with unlimited vertical and small group heli skiing for four days straight? With delicious gourmet meals, knowledgeable and professional guides, fireworks and champagne? Sign up to our New Year trip for a sure-fire way to experiencing the ultimate heli rush, and all this could be yours.
For our readers in the UK, you all know how much Total Heliski love a party. Our previous Total Heliski Shows are very well attended. Well, we couldn’t help but make a little splash with our arrival over here in the US of A. We are inviting existing and budding heliskiers and boarders to our upcoming event.
Think Big, Think High. Make this the year to reach your heli-high this winter in the Himalayas. Check out Total Heliski’s epic trip last season in Hayles Trails. Hayley has heliskied all over the world but nothing prepared her for the mighty, humbling experience of the Himalayas. Even Jeremy Jones wants to go there.
Inspired by Olympic stories of success and triumph, while athletes have been flexing their muscles this summer, the team at Total Heliski have been working diligently preparing for the winter, scoping out some new heliski destinations and experiences, setting up a new office in San Francisco, shark diving – (yes you read correctly), and talking to operators. Some are offering early booking savings so be sure to benefit from these.
The 2012 London Olympic Games have shown the world the efforts some people make to achieve perfection. As the organisers anticipated, it’s been a truly inspirational spectacle for all of us to appreciate and absorb.
At Total Heliski, we believe applying similar aims of perfection to your heliski holiday this winter can easily be achieved (attaining the physical athleticism perhaps a little more difficult). Simply drop us a line and share with us the perfect vision for your off-piste powder adventure. With our global knowledge and connections using the bespoke service Total Heliski offers, we’ll fix your special birthday celebration, buddies bucket list trip, well-earned break from the office or even mountain-inspired, heli-accessed marriage proposal! Any special occasion is worth making perfect.
As our members in the Northern Hemisphere now enjoy long summer days, we reflect on the 2012 heliski season highlights. Winter played a few games with us last season, with snowfalls erratic across both sides of the Atlantic. However Total Heliski managed to run several Member Tours and many clients embarked on their dream winter holiday all over the Northern Hemisphere, including the mighty Himalayas.
Join Samsung in their quest to complete the 1924 Olympic Games Pledge, which was made 88 years ago by mountaineer Lt Col Strutt. He and his fellow team received 21 gold medals for famously attempting to climb Mount Everest, and he pledged that he would take one of the gold medals back to the summit. This pledge is yet to be fulfilled. With your help, Samsung hopes to not only honour this pledge but also find the missing medals from 1924.
In 1922, an expedition made the first attempt to climb Mt. Everest. The tallest peak in the world however remained unconquered. But the story of the bravery of the men who tried this feat spread across the world and they were lauded as heroes. The ultimate honour for these men came at the 1924 Winter Olympic Games, when they were given the Olympic Gold Medals for Mountaineering.
At Total Heliski, we spend a lot of time reinforcing to our clients and members that heli skiing really is not just for experts. The aspects and terrain that you ski will be similar to what you find off-piste in resorts, only accessed by a helicopter, allowing you to ski seemingly endless fresh tracks guaranteed.
However, it goes without saying that heli skiing is also the ultimate experience for expert skier and snowboarders, and we have several opportunities to offer those who seek the steep and deeps later this season.
The group who worked in all aspects of the industry including mobile operators, technology startups, mobile handset manufacturers, media companies and digital agencies, shared their love of powder skiing in the intimate setting of one of the world’s leading small boutique heliski operations. We spent three days heli skiing a combination of the Monashees’ incredible tree skiing combined with their glacial bowls, when the sun was out and it wasn’t snowing. The pictures speak for themselves, don’t you think?
There’s snow in ‘them there hills’ as they say. The term “Gold Rush” usually evokes visions of western movies, cowboys and people arriving in droves in former times to make their fortunes. However, we’ve discovered a different type of gold rush happening in interior BC Canada, where we’ve spent the last two weeks heli and resort skiing, and meeting locals, tourists, resort property owners, and business owners. It’s an influx reminiscent of gold rushes of yesteryears as all have traveled or settled here for the same reason: to seek and exploit the deep, dry, ‘white gold’, that’s pictured here in this recent photo taken by our Northern BC operator. Proving this year again, Canada is the home of ‘Cold Smoke’, having experienced more La Niña effects this year, thus bringing the white gold to those fortunate enough to be here.
Isolated European locations, breathtaking views, fine foods and total immersion in skiing or snowboarding – all this in your choice of degree of luxury. That is what the latest heli-lodge in France offers you. Total Heliski gives you the opportunity to take an inside look into our French operators new heli lodge, a long awaited offering North American style, but with the flair of the Alps.
Total Heliski Operators have come to the party!
Our operators were on the whole not able to attend the Total Heliski Show on November 3rd, that’s why we represent them. However, they have generously offered a number of offers to be given exclusively to Total Heliski Show attendees by Total Heliski. As follows:
Himalayan Offer for Show Guests:
Anyone who books a Himalayan heliski trip within two weeks of the Total Heliski Show London, 2011 will receive a free overland day trip to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Depending on the time available, you can also visit Fatehpur Sikri.
The Total Heliski Member tour will be in the week of Feb 11 to 18, but you can book your place via Total Heliski any time that there is availability.
Date: Oct 6
Location: Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London
Time: Entry 8:30pm, Starts 9pm
The time has come for a ski film that stands for something. Whistler based, Sherpas Cinema, the up and coming Film Company present their newest film–2 years, 5 countries and over 15 skiers in the making called: All.I.Can. Tickets are available here.
Where – Profeet, 867 Fulham Road, SW6 5HP
When – Sept 21, Wednesday, 6pm onwards
Hear from Hayley Melidonis, CEO of Total Heliski (the experts behind London’s Total Heliski Show), as well as John Forrest, the Owner of Northern Escape Heli Skiing.
The annual 2011 City Ski Championships take place from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th March in Courmayeur, Valle d’Aosta Italy where the snow has been plentiful this season.
Up to 200 skiers from over 40 City firms will experience a full itinerary of skiing, guiding, coaching, racing, dining on & off the mountain, partying and prize-giving in a programme of friendly competition.
Total Heliski have teamed up with the organizers, Momentum Ski to provide a special complimentary racing/ award dinner package for the first 10 members who get back to us with interest in attending the Ski Champs, valued at £225 per person.
Download the information pack here.
Additionally, we have launched our first Heliski with Legends Programme with Ski Racer Legend Graham Bell- A Heliski Adventure in Italy coordinated perfectly for attendees at the City Ski Championships. See here for details. Please Contact Us or email email@example.com for further details of either of these amazing events to book your seat.
The Everest Challenge is a unique 3 day charity snow-sports event designed to give participants a skiing and boarding experience they will never forget! It’s being held between the 27-30th January 2011. So, Total Heliski figured we better be there. Hayley Melidonis, as Total Heliski Team Member Numero Uno will be facing the challenge of skiing or snowboarding a total of 150km over 3 days, including a night ski session and a night mountain hike. Please donate now at our Just Giving page. We are also looking to fill a full team of four.
We’ll be based in Morzine and the event will span 15 resorts in the area in France. Check out the route below. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join the Total Heliski team. You will need to raise a minimum of £1,500.
We’ll be on the first lifts each morning and the last off the slopes each evening, aiming to finish the challenge no matter what the weather throws at us – wind, fog, ice, snow or even too much sun! Our ski guides will keep us on the right track – all we have to do is ski or board like never before and raise some serious money for Snow-Camp. Please donate now at our Just Giving page
Snow-Camp is the UK’s only charity using snow sports and life-skills to work with disadvantaged inner-city young people. See www.snow-camp.co.uk for more details
Total Heliski are offering you a belated Christmas present for booking with us on or before Christmas. Any booking form with deposit details received for any of our (3 day or more) tours, before Dec 25 will enable you to receive one FREE massage at your heli or catski lodge, after one of your heliski days courtesy of Total Heliski.
Terms and Conditions: Not to be used with any other offer, not redeemable for cash, and limit of one per booking. Offer expires Dec 25, 2010.